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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Does Movie Violence Increase Violent Crime?

Gordon Dahl, Stefano DellaVigna

NBER Working Paper No. 13718
Issued in January 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

Eli Berman, Sofia Berto Villas-Boas, Saurabh Bhargava, David Card, Christopher Carpenter, Ing-Haw Cheng, Julie Cullen, Liran Einav, Matthew Gentzkow, Jay Hamilton, Ethan Kaplan, Lawrence F. Katz, Lars Lefgren, Ulrike Malmendier, Julie Mortimer, Ted O'Donoghue, Anne Piehl, Mikael Priks, Uri Simonsohn, and audiences at London School of Economics, Ohio State, Queens University, Rutgers New Brunswick, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Western Ontario, University of Zurich, Wharton, the Munich 2006 Conference on Economics and Psychology, the NBER 2006 Summer Institute (Labor Studies), the 2006 SITE in Psychology and Economics, the IZA Conference on Personnel and Behavioral Economics, the IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists, and at the Trento 2006 Summer School in Behavioral Economics provided useful comments. We would like to thank kids-in-mind.com for generously providing their movie violence ratings. Scott Baker and Thomas Barrios provided excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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